Stoddard Canyon Falls
Summary for Stoddard Canyon Falls Hike
Moderately strenuous Adventure Hike – Read Adventure Hiking Page
4.5 Miles Round Trip
Relatively easy off-trail bushwhacking adventure hike to first fall of main set, but then adventure hike off-trail with some dangerous scrambling/climbing to get to viewpoints of wonderful waterfalls.
This hike leads you into a spectacular gorge blessed with four great waterfalls, the tallest of which is approximately 100′ tall. Note that there are descriptions of a different Stoddard Falls you may find by doing a Google search that are actually in San Antonio Creek and are frequented by the cliff jumping/party crowd – these may have been named because they are accessed from Barrett-Stoddard Road, but they are not actually in Stoddard Canyon. The falls described in the current post are altogether different though still in the same general area. Here you hike into the real Stoddard Canyon, and after a relatively short but sometimes difficult bushwhack arrive at a lovely 35′ fall, which is the start of the series. To go further requires scrambling up a sketchy draw, which leads you above the second fall, a 40′ beauty with a wonderful large pool below. From here it’s a short hike upstream to the base of a nice 40′ fall, beyond which you can see the massive 100′ fall. It’s possible, as described below, to climb up another even more dangerous draw to catch a great view of this large fall from a somewhat precarious perch, as you can see in the video below. Note that this is a great canyon for canyoneers – who descend the canyon from the top down using ropes – and if so inclined here is a link for the canyoneering Stoddard Canyon Falls beta.
Directions to Trailhead for Stoddard Canyon Hike
Map of Stoddard Canyon Falls Hike with Downloadable GPX File
Detailed Description of Stoddard Canyon Falls Hike
Stoddard Canyon drains a large area of 4198′ Frankish Peak, which is a southern part of the Ontario Peak massif. Although Stoddard Canyon is a fairly large canyon, it’s easy to miss as you drive along Mountain Ave not far above Upland/San Antonio Heights. After you locate the dirt parking area on Mountain Ave using the map above, park your car and although I’m not sure if you need an adventure pass here I would recommend to display it anyway to be safe.
Video of Stoddard Canyon Falls on 4/11/2014
Here the magnificent 100′ tall upper fall in a very dry year but note that it flows rather nicely anyway.